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'Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey' set for April 7 at Kettle Creek - Pocono RecordTuesday, March 27, 2018
It is a pivotal learning venue.Northview GardensCarey’s magnificent Victorian home and 4.5-acre garden are known to thousands of visitors. It was originally part of Wilmer and Anna Atkinson’s 1888 100-acre farm. Here, Carey has created a work of stunning originality with 31 distinct garden spaces: from the Blast from the Past Garden, Italian Garden, Dry Garden, Herb Garden and Victorian Stumpery, to the Fountain Garden — to name just a few.My favorite spot is Rose Cottage, Carey’s potting shed. As a fellow Brit, I know the importance of the garden shed, and this one is magnificent. It is functional — containing plant records, collected seeds, garden tools and catalogues, and the like — while acting as a cozy retreat. Carey is a hands-on gardener, believing that gardening feeds your soul and body. The goal of her work at Northview is to educate visitors about plants, planting techniques and garden design features. She succeeds in her vision magnificently. Her gardens have been featured on the TV series, "The Victory Garden," in the Wall Street Journal, and in numerous newspapers and magazines.'Glorious Shade'Carey’s latest book is called "Glorious Shade: Dazzling Plants, Design Ideas, and Proven Techniques for Your Shady Garden." The book is divided into sections, the first one stressing the importance of learning the shade patterns in your garden. Carey describes the various types of shade and the plants that benefit from each kind.There is a section about soil and roots. I so agree with Carey on the importance of adding organic matter to encourage root growth and promote healthy plants. Every year, I scatter compost on the surface around my plants — a great way to improve soil structure. Carey gives clear directions for making "fabulous, friable, or crumbly leaf mold." She explains the purpose of roots, reinforcing the importance of avoiding the application of high rates of fertilizer around trees in order to maintain a healthy relationship between microscopic fungi and roots.Carey gives very inspirational descriptions of several design styles in her section called "Designing in the Shadows: Bright Ideas for Shady Spaces." My personal favorite describes areas for children; I love the whimsical teapot water feature she added to her own garden. There is a gardener's calendar in one chapter and numerous techniques and maintenance tips in another.The final chapter tells you how to choose plants that thrive in the shade. Carey describes 200 genera of plants with photographs for each genus. She told me she took 35,000 photographs to get the 400 shown in the book. They are stunning. In every chapter, the author's voice comes through as passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring. It is as if Carey is speaking to the reader one-on-one.Sharing knowledgeIn her desire to share knowledge and the joy of gardening with others, Carey gives about 40 lectures a year on many topics from Jazz Age gardens to women in landscape architecture. She has spoken nationally and internationally for many years.An invitationI am excited that Carey is coming to the Poconos to give a two-part program called "Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey." She will cover both gardening in the shade and in sunny areas, so there will be something for everyone. The Monroe County Master Gardeners and the Monroe County Conservation District will sponsor this presentation from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. April 7 at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. The cost is $25. Seating is limited; no walk-ins will be accepted. Register by calling 1-877-345-0691 or online at https://bit.ly/2Giyw3c.Carey’s ideas will make you excited for the new gardening season; she will inspire you to start digging.Pamela T. Hu... http://www.poconorecord.com/entertainmentlife/20180323/gardening-with-jenny-rose-carey-set-for-april-7-at-kettle-creek
Woodbridge Town Library Events: 3/10/17 - Woodbridge Town News (press release)Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Long Wharf Theatre Passes will be available starting March 8 for Smart People which runs from March 15 to April 9.Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: A Future Classics Book Discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker—Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM.Film Screening—Jackie—Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM; a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.Pysanka Egg Decorating Workshop with Sharon Leonard (ages 8 and up)—Saturday, March 11 at 2 PM. Learn about this ancient Ukrainian folk art at this free program and leave with a decorated egg.Fourth Annual “Peeps at the Library” Contest—Registration from Monday, March 13 to Saturday, April 1 at the Information Desk.Author Adina Hoffman: Till We Have Built Jerusalem, part of the JCC Jewish Author Series—please register online —Wednesday, March 15 at 7 PM.Film Screening—Loving-Thursday, March 16 at 7 PM. Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.Music and Medicine: The Curse of the Mendelssohns, A Lecture with Dr. Gus Davis, Presented with HomeHaven-Monday, March 20 at 2 PM. P... http://woodbridgetownnews.com/woodbridge-town-library-events-31017/
Creating Bouquets the Scavenger-Hunt Way: A Guide - Wall Street JournalTuesday, November 08, 2016
But that is what then-budding florist Constance Spry had daringly arranged for Atkinsons perfumery. Mixing humble flora scavenged in the countryside with a modicum of shop-bought green orchids, she charmed passersby and changed the fashionable set’s perceptions of what a bouquet could be. Later, Spry would use masses of delicate cow parsley, aka Queen Anne’s lace, at the wedding of Lady Violet Bonham Carter’s daughter, Laura. Today, Spry’s influence is newly relevant. As uniform, commercial bouquets yield to looser, more organic arrangements, a fresh crop of intrepid designers are finding scavenging alluring again. Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale, co-authors of “Foraged Flora” (Ten Speed Press), believe the current impulse to gather roadside vegetation is a natural offshoot of the trend toward eating seasonal, local produce that you might have even foraged yourself. Plants such as wispy wild fennel, stretching up to 12 feet in length and not typically sold in a florist’s shop, have a rarefied, wayward beauty that sets them apart from mass-grown blooms, said the authors. “I’ve been bringing home strays—flora and animals—since I was four,” said Ms. Roebuck, a California-based artist who took a circuitous path to working with flowers professionally. In the early 2000s, she was hauling unusual grasses and bundles of fennel into her own boutique-cum-gallery space, hanging them beside clothes by avant-garde Belgian designer Martin Margiela. She refused to use out-of-season, imported flowers, partly because of her environmental ethos but also because flower-market offerings bored her. One Man’s Weeds... Click on the numbers to learn the name and unlikely source for the elements of this bouquet by Brooklyn, N.Y., floral designer Amy Merrick [embedded content] Her scavenged installations did not go unnoticed, and after the 2008 economic crisis closed her shop, Ms. Roebuck found herself arranging flowers for Vivienne Westwood, Berke... http://www.wsj.com/articles/creating-bouquets-the-scavenger-hunt-way-a-guide-1478209820
Floral dilemmas: To pick or not to pick blooms from neighbours' lilacs? - CBC.caTuesday, October 25, 2016
With the plants in full, luxurious bloom all over Toronto this week, lilac theft has been on the mind of at least one Torontonian, Globe and Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson.It's a question she's fielded on Twitter more than once, to her surprise, prompting some rather intense debate about floral etiquette. On Monday, Atkinson sat down with CBC Radio host Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to chat about the delicate business of lilac etiquette.UPDATED pic.twitter.com/SDWggRhPz8— @NathAtResponses from Toronto residents have ranged from incensed to indifferent, but Atkinson said most don't have any problems with pilfering your neighbour's plants."Overwhelmingly, everyone has said to me on social media that it's absolutely fair game. I'm saving people from lilac-scented head injuries by cutting them," she said."I could've been talking about Mrs. Smith's yard and having to go deep into her actual property and people were all for it. I found some friends of mine on Instagram taking videos of themselves going into alleyways and stealing the lilacs. There's a florist in Washington state who has a whole blog post about how purloined lilacs somehow smells sweeter than the ones you buy honestly. "If your neighbour doesn't prune the lilacs hanging over the sidewalk, is it alright to pick some?— @m... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/toronto-lilac-pick-steal-nathalie-atkinson-moral-dilemma-1.3605916
Pearl Johnson Barnhill, 97, worked with family in grocery and floral business - Port City DailyWednesday, August 10, 2016
Lawrence Edison Barnhill; sister, Flora Anderson; and brothers, Alton, Hubert, Johnnie and David Johnson.Pearl was a member of Atkinson High School class of 1935. For many years she worked with her brother- and sister-in-law, Johnnie and Lois Johnson, in the grocery and florist business.She was a faithful member of and loved Burgaw Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Burgaw Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed homemaking, working in her yard, crafting and visiting family and friends. She enjoyed her porch, which became her window to the world. She was a strong, caring lady and will be missed.Mrs. Barnhill is survived by her son, Roy (Jackie); her sister, Wilma Day; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, 308 W. Fremont St., Burgaw, N.C. A service will follow at 11 a.m., led by the Rev. Richard Phillips and the Rev. Gerald Morton. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial ParkMemorial gifts may be made to Burgaw Baptist Church, PO Box 385, Burgaw, NC 28425, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. obit, obituaries, obituary, Pearl BarnhillComments... http://portcitydaily.com/2016/08/05/obits-pearl-johnson-barnhill-97/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html